Mary El­lis

Pilot - - NOTES - Mike Jer­ram

We are sad to re­port that for­mer Air Trans­port Aux­il­iary pi­lot and Sandown Air­port and Bees Flight man­ager Mary El­lis died at her long-time home near the air­port’s boundary on 24 July, aged 101. In Pi­lot’s De­cem­ber 2017 is­sue Maxi Gainza re­united Mary with a Spit­fire that she’d de­liv­ered and whose cock­pit she had signed – one of 1,000 air­craft of 76 types – more than 400 of them Spit­fires – that she flew dur­ing her WWII ATA ser­vice. This writer has fond mem­o­ries of Mary, of her late hus­band Don, and their BA Swal­low that, 45 years ago, was the sub­ject of his first

Pi­lot cover fea­ture. A memo­rial is planned, but how about an an­nual commemorat­ive ‘Mary El­lis Fly In’, Sandown? RIP, Mary.

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